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were recorded analogue.
Master copies of Opus 3
The shortest and best possible signal-path, without any
current Opus 3 catalogue contains 50 titles which have been strictly analogue
recorded and preserved. The last recording was Eric Bibb´s album "Just like
love" recorded in autumn 2000 which was also the first recording to be
released on SACD.
for the needs of people for whom only the best is good enough and demand the
ultimate in sound perfection we are now introducing open-reel master copies of
ONE - Open Reel Selection of Opus 3
Analogue Recordings - AMC-22120
Nine tracks from the best of our analogue recording catalogue.
Music from varying genre -Jazz, Blues, World Music, Classical &
Total playing time 33'20.
tapes are copied 'by hand', track by track, where all Mastering corrections are
made with meticulous calibration and control.
A modified Technics
RS-1500 for playback of the master tape, which has also been used for all of our
re-mastering for SACD of our older titles. This tape recorder is world renowned
as one of the best for playback. However it is specially modified to achieve the
best possible quality.
Magnetophone M-28 for the recording of your copy. This tape recorder has been
used for the recording of all of Opus 3's master-recordings since 1978.
which we used for many years was Agfa PEM-468 which is no longer manufactured,
however the RMG Studio Master SM-468 produced in the Netherlands has 100%
Speed: 38 cm/s (15")
Playback EQ: IEC (CCIR) 35uS
”One ”Open Reel Selection of Opus 3
Analogue Recordings, Vol.IV
Out of Nowhere
From: Benny Waters ”Live at the Pawnshop” SACD 19911 4´17
2. Inca Roads (Excerpt)
From: Omnibus Wind Ensemble, ”Music by Frank Zappa”
SACD 19423 4´50
3. Nothin´ Like You Used to Do
From: Eric Bibb, ”Good Stuff”, SACD 19623 4`30
4. Rondo, Allegro – W.A. Mozart, (1755-1791) (Excerpt)
From: Kjell Fagéus Basett Clarinet, & The Royal Orch. of
CD 8801 - (Excerp) 4`00
5. Junco Moreno -Alegrías
From: Manolo Yglesias, ”Destino Flamenco”, CD 19505 3´30
6. Reunion Blues
From: ”Two Sides of Lars Erstrand”, CD 8302 4´50
7. West End Blues
From: Bob Barnard, ”Cornet Chop Suey”, CD 19503 3´30
8. Sommarsång – W. Peterson-Berger (1867-1942)
From: Stockholm Guitar Trio, ”Albeniz–Granados–Ravel-Peterson-Berger”
CD 19701 2´16
Playback EQ: IEC/CCIR (35uS)
2-track, 1/4” at 38 cm/s (15”)
Catalogue nos. from the original album.
”One ”Open Reel Selection of Opus 3 Analogue Recordings, Vol.III AMC-23130
1. House of the Rising Sun
From: Cyndee Peters, ”Black is the colour”, LP 7706 6´10
2. Leaves (Except)
From: Cirrus, ”Lands End”, CD 19803 5´09
3. Larghetto in C-minor (D. Cimarosa)
From Sthlm Guitar Quartet, ”Bach Telemann”, LP 7915 2´00
4. Finale: Presto non tanto (Chopin) Exerpt
From: Stefan Lindgren, ”Chopin-Lizt-Rachmaninoff
-Schuman-Skrjabin”, CD 9202 2´10
5. Unca´s Flight
From: Knoa, ”Sudden twists and turns”, LP 7801 1´41
6. Memories of you
From: ”Erstrand – Lind Quartet”, LP 8603 3´04
7. Everybody Loves My Baby
From: The legendary Eva Taylor, ”Live at the Pawnshop”, SACD
8. Treecircle (G. Rundqvist)
From: Gösta Rundqvist Trio, ”Treecircle”, CD 19801 5´27
9. Sommarsång (W.Peterson-Berger)
From: Omnibus Wind Ensemble, ”Viriditas per Omnibus”, CD
Playback EQ: IEC/CCIR (35uS)
2-track, 1/4” at 38 cm/s (15”)
Catalogue no. from the original album
”One” Open Reel
Selection of Opus 3 Analogue Recordings, Vol.II AMC-23120
1. Meetin´At The Building (Trad./adapted by Eric Bibb & Göran Wennerbrandt) 4´01
From: Eric Bibb, ”Spirit & The Blues”, SACD 19421
2. My Heart Stood Still (R. Rogers) 2´35
From: Johan Dielemans Trio, ”Round Midnight” CD 19302
3. Blues Opus 3 (Öhman-Gustavsson-Vinding-Dahlberg) 4´34
From: Kjell Öhman, ”Hammond Connection”, CD 19402
4. Gammal Fäbopsalm (O. Lindberg, 1872-1950) 4´22
From:”Horn and Organ Recital” CD 19501, Sören Hermansson: Horn & Per-Ove
5. Fantasie (S.L. Weiss, 1686-1750), 2´38
From Peder Riis, ”Classical Guitar”, CD 8015
6. Fasten Seat Belts (Wager-Åstrand) 3´07
From: ”Live at Vattnajökull”, CD 19802
7. Stealin´ Away (C. Greaves), 4´23
From: Kenneth Arnström, ”Rhythm King”, CD 19502
8. Easter Parade (I. Berlin), 6´29
From: ”The Lars Erstrand Sessions”, CD 19405
Total playing time: 32´30
One 10,5” metal reel
Playback EQ: IEC/CCIR (35uS)
2-track, 1/4” at 38 cm/s (15”)
Catalogue no. from the original album
One, Open Reel.-Vol.II
Open Reel Selection of Opus 3 Analogue Recordings - AMC22120
1. Here´s That Rainy Day (Jimmy van Heusen) 4´14
From: Joakim Milder: ”Consensus”, CD 9201
2. Teach Me Tonight (M. Gene de Paul) 3´53
From: Knud Jörgensen, ”Teach Me Tonight”, SACD 8421
3. Black Beauty (D. Ellington) 4´38
From ”A Selection from Tomas Örnberg´s BLUE FIVE & The
Swedish Jazz Kings”, SACD 22101 / CD 8003*
4. Where The Green Grass Grows (Excerpt) (Eric Bibb) 3´54
From: Eric Bibb, ”Good Stuff”, SACD 19623
5. Vaquero (Excerpt) (G. Wennerbrandt – O. Eriksson) 3´53
From: Tiny Island, SACD 19824
6. La Maja de Goya (E. Granados)
Stockholm Guitar Quartet, ”A Selection from...., SACD 22062 /
CD 7810* 3´20
7. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland... (Excerpt) (J.S. Bach)
The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble & Mattias Wager: Organ,
8. Scherzo from Symphony No.2 in D Major (L. van Beethoven) 3´36
From: Stockholm Sinfonietta, CD 19504
9. Overture to Carmen (G. Bizet) 2´16
From: The Omnibus Wind Ensemble, SACD 22082 / CD 19602*
Total playing time: 33´20
One 10,5” metal reel
* Catalogue number of the original album.
KUSTBANDET LIVE IN STOCKHOLM
From the vaults!
In April 1975, a year and a half before Opus 3 Records was founded, we had the
pleasure of making a live recording of Kustbandet. It was a really swinging
event and as the well known character from the era Fats Waller put it….”The
joint was jumpin”.
When you think that it is almost 40 years since this recording was made it is
very gratifying that we were able to capture the fantastic energy, musicianship
and enthusiasm for the essential elements of jazz from this era, making it easy
to forgive any imperfections of balance between the different instruments due to
a less than perfect environment.
TOMAS ÖRNBERG'S BLUE FIVE AND FRIENDS
Nobody's Blues But Mine
We have built up this recording round a number and variery of guest soloists, to
give a wide number of personal sounds.
In addition to Bent Persson (tp), Olle Nyman (bj/gtr) and Bo Juhlin (sous), who
of course all are members of the BLUE FIVE group, we find: Bob Barnard (tp),
Keith Durston (p), Morten Gunnar Larsen (p), Joep Peeters (p), and Frans
Sjöström (bass sax).
Swedish Jazz Kings featuring Roy Williams
It's Right Here For You"
The Swedish JazzKings are based on the Tomas Örnberg's "BLUE FIVE" band already
known from their Opus 3 recordings.
Several of the musicians are the same as in the Blue Five recordings, while this
album covers a wider musical spectrum.
This recording marks the debut of the Swedish Jazz Kings musical concept: 75
minutes of Chigago - New Orleans jazz, with three pianists and three bass
instruments providing the stimulating variation behind the concept which
includes the world-famous trombonist Roy Williams as guest.
Includes: How Come You Do Me, Potato Head Blues, Gulf Coast Blues' Shake lt And
Break It, Mr. Jesso Sugar Foot Strut etc.
Kenneth Arnström, featured by Tomas Örnberg's BLUE FIVE and friends.
One of the biggest talents in Swedish jazz (until now unwilling to make solo
records) finally makes a recording debut in his own name, and in many dilferent
styles. We hear Kenneth Arnström playing clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone
sax and bass clarinet. The music played is classical (vintage) jazz, influenced
for example by Coleman Hawkins, L. Armstrong, E. Condon and the classic New
Orleans clarinettists - all woven into a distinctive style and personality:
Kenneth Arnström's. Tomas Örnberg; cl/sop, Bent Persson; cnt/trp, Olle
Nyman;bj/gtr, Göran Eriksson; bj, Keith Durston; pi, Bo Juhlin; sous,
Tomas Ekström; b.
Cornet Chop Suey
Australia's internationally best known and most successful jazz musician,
trumpeter Bob Barnard, with a unique mastery of everything from 1920s
Armstrong to Swing and Mainstream, plays a varied mixture of three
Armstrong classics for quartet, two duo ballads and ten familiar and less
familiar Dixieland and Swing numbers in two diflerent quintet settings.
A record longed for by critics and general public alike, because in recent
decades Bob has mostly recorded Mainstream.
Lars-Erik Eriksson; cl, Olle Nyman; bj/gtr, Johan Bijkerk; pi, Björn Hagerman:
bass. Kalle Nygren; pi and Tomas Örnbergl cl.
The Swedish Jazz Kings
Kenny Davern is today one of the most interesting clarinet player in the world.
His very own tone and phraseology and maybe also the biggest and fattest tone a
jazz clarinettist ever had, makes Kenny Davern totally unique and furthermore,
nobody has developed and used the clarinet's dynamic potential to the same
extent as Kenny Davern.
This CD consists of tracks from three sessions.
Besides the regular members of The Swedish Jazz Kings, we will hear, together
with Kenny Davern, the excellent English pianist Martin Litton.
In the other sessions we would very much like to mention the outstanding English
trombone player Bob Hunt, Frans Sjöström on bass saxophone and the pianists
Keith Durston and Chris Hopkins.
TOMAS ÖRNBERG'S BLUE FIVE
featuring Kenny Davern
Besides the basic BLUE FIVE group, which of course includes Bent Persson on
trumpet and Bo Juhlin on sousaphone, this CD also includes the American
Clarinettist Kenny Davern who is featured in six tracks. Together they play
their way through their own very inspired versions from the Blue Five era
This recording was awarded with the 1982 Swedish Gramophone Prize for the best
jazz production of the year!
Tunes like: New Orleans Stomp, Black Beauty, Rocky Mountain Blues, Too Busy,
Blues, Let's Sow Wild Oat, Mood Indigo etc.
Swing and Mainstream
THE LARS ERSTRAND SESSIONS
Bob Barnard, Danny Moss & Roy Williams
For this recording we asked Lars Erstrand to choose three of his
favourite musicians as soloists. He chose Roy Williams,
trombone, Bob Barnard, trumpet and Danny Moss,
tenor sax - each of them a world star on his instrument.
Bob Barnard, who went professional in 1949 at the age of 16, can look back on a
long and successful career. Today he is by far the biggest name in Australian
jazz and the country's internationally best-known and most sought after jazz
musician. Like Roy Williams, he is second to none on his instrument and in the
styles he commands.
Danny Moss too is one of Britain's best known
jazz musicians and for many years has ranked as Europe's leading Swing tenor
player. With his vigorous playing and unusually big sound, he has become the
heir of the classic
American Swing tenor players. He lives half the year in Australia and the other
half in Britain, in this way dividing his concert tours between both
Roy Williams has long been one of Britain's
best known and most successful jazz musicians. Today he is one of the
internationally most sought after players in Europe, not least by American bands
on tour. Like Bob Barnard, he is one of the very few stars today with a real
feeling for both twenties,
Swing and Mainstream. Because of his sound and the ease with which he commands
his instrument, many consider him perhaps today's top trombonist in any category.
In "The Lars Erstrand Sessions" we also hear
two different quartet forces with a number of musicians from Sweden's swing jazz
Jan Lundgren and Kjell Öhman, piano.
Leif "Gus" Dahlberg and Ronnie Gardiner, drums,
and Tommy Johnson and Arne Wilhelmsson, bass.
TWO SIDES OF LARS ERSTRAND
This recording really shows three sides of the world famous vibe player Lars
Erstrand: in duo, trio and quintet settings! Together with Sweden's swing elite,
he plays tunes like: Gladys, Move, Land Of The Midnight Sun,
Exactly Like You, Reunion Blues, Cavatina, Concerto D'aranjuez, Sweet Georgie
Roland Jivelid, tenor sax, Knud Jörgensen, piano, Bertil Fernqvist, guitar,
Arne Wilhelmsson, bass and Pelle Hultén, drums
LARS ERSTRAND AND FOUR BROTHERS
Following their successful collaboration in the quintet setting from the "Two
Sides "recording with Knud Jörgensen (piano), Roland Jivelid (tenor sax), Arne
Wilhelmsson (bass) and Pelle Hultén (drums), the gang returns with pieces like:
There With You, Body And Soul, Too Good To Be True, T And S, The Rabbit Jumps
A Tribute To The Benny Goodman Quartet
This recording includes most of the Goodman favourites: Stomping at the Savoy,
Don't be that way, Avalon, Smiles, Opus fi, Pick a rib, etc.
It is worth mentioning that, for his Paris concert in 1972,Benny Goodman chose
these players for his accompanying group - though, needless to say, minus
clarinettist Ove Lind. Rolf Larsson, piano and Pelle Hultin, drums.
LARS ERSTRAND QUARTET
After three successful recordings for Opus 3, here he is again, this time with
his newly formed quartet! Also featured on this recording is one of Sweden's
best keyboard players, Kjell Öhman, playing both the piano and last
but not least, the legendary Hammond B3 organ! Lars Erstrand, let it be known,
ranks as No.3 in the world in his intstrument according to Jazz Journal
Leif "Gus" Dahlberg, drums and Tommy Johnson, bass.
The Hammond Connection
this recording Kjell has gathered some of his favourite musicians round
the Hammond B3 in a selection of his favourite jazz evergreens. It is interesting
to note that in recent years there has been a massive revival of the authentic
Hammond B3 organ in jazz, rock and blues.
JOHAN DIELEMANS TRIO
Johan Dielemans Trio is a jazz trio which was formed quite recently but by
Johan, the groups leader and drummer, has collaborated a great deal with Monica
Zetterlund, but also Monica Borrfors, Knud Jörgensen and the Stockholm Jazz
Orchestra. Pianist Alvaro Is, who was born in Spain
but settled in Sweden in 1966, collaborated, for example with Red Mitchell.
On this recording we hear a number of standards - rather in the ballad line and
lyrical interpretations like: Love for sale, Come rain or come shine, Humph,
Round' Midnight, Like someone in love, etc. Olle Steinholtz on bass.
Gösta Rundquist Trio
A record is born of dreams and hopes. As a musician, one constantly wants to go
further or deeper, unfold and evolve, renew the power of expression, the
interplay, the dynamics, the flow.
The dream is to find musicians with whom
you can experiment and find your way together with. Three individual voices
becoming a trio - a single entity.
The dream is that the recording situation itself contributes by
being a real spiritual encounter. The dream of a concert hall
good natural acoustics and an excellent grand piano.
The dream of recording without acoustic panels and separate
rooms, multiple microphones, mixer-board and reverb units.
The dream is of direct eye- and earcontact between the
musicians, here and now, throughout the recording session.
Includes: For Heavens Sake, Falling Grace, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing,
Turn Out The Stars, The Meaning Of The Blues, How My Heart Sings.
Cirrus was started in 1992 reaching it's present form in 1997 which comprises
two acoustic guitars, tenor and soprano saxophones, didgeridoo, melodica, double
bass and percussion, here playing their own compositions.
This somewhat unconventional line-up of instrumentation was brought about by the
individual musicians needs to break away from the accepted norms associated with
jazz, pop and rock - fields in which all of the group have already had
considerable experiences - and give range to their musical creativity in
composition, musical expression, improvisation and indisputable talent.
Saxophonist Joakim Milder has been dubbed the most sensational new arrival in
Swedish jazz. His two previous recordings have been acclaimed by reviewers the
world over, and his second release, "Still In Motion", earned him the "Golden
Disc" for the best Swedish jazz release of 1990. In this third recording he
presents a number and variety of settings, mostly in the quartet format. The
programme includes tunes like: My Funny Valentine, Darn That Dream, Body And
Soul, Alone Together and Monk's Played it
Twice - to mention just a few.
Johan Hörlén; alto sax, Anders
Persson; piano, Christian Spering; bass and Magnus Gran; drums.
"The Scandinavian countries have produced a wealth of
superb jazzmen out of proportion to their respective populations. Milder is the
most sensational newcomer on the Swedish jazz scene." (Jazz Journal
Chamber and Solo instruments
KJELL FAGÉUS & THE ZETTERQVIST
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A-major, K.V. 581*
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B-minor, Opus 115.
Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, of course, is an eminently well known piece, but what
is less well known, the "original version" was expressly written, not for an
ordinary clarinet but for the *basset clarinet. On this
recording we can
hear one of the first versions in the world!
It is intersting to note
that these two compositions (also then refering to the Clarinetconcerto) are the
only ones ever written for the basset clarinet.
SOREN HERMANSSON AND
Horn and Organ Recital
This rather unusual CD of music for horn and organ features international horn
player Sören Hermansson together with star organist Per-Ove Larsson.
The repertoire extends from an early work by Camille Saint Saëns
(written in 1854) to Bernhard Krol's Missa Muta, written in about 1960.
The international array of composers represented includes: Henk Badings,
Bernhard Reichel and Georg Hoeberg, though the main emphasis is on Sweden's folk
music heritage: Oskar Lindberg's Gammal Fäbodpsalm, August Körling's Pastorale
and Hugo Alfvén's Notturno Elegiaco.
This CD offers both romantic atmosphere and
sharper sounds with a variety of both colour and dynamics.
The Stockholm Arts Trio
As part of the bicentenary celebration of the birth of Franz Schubert (1797 -
1828) we have the pleasure of releasing two of his compositions for pianotrio:
The Trio in B Flat Major, op. 99, D- 898 generally considered to be one of
Schubert's masterpieces for chamber orchestra.
A rare recording of the "Sonata in B Flat Major, D-28, piano-trio which was
composed by Schubert when he was only 15 years old.
The members of the Stockholm Arts Trio are individually all winners of
international competitions and together are considered to be one of Sweden's
ensembles. Since 1988 they have toured internationally, including among others
annual tours of USA and regular performances in Germany and England.
Souls" is an inward musical journey with a solitary clarinet, a clarinet
conveying the different characters and styles of 12 composers. It is beautiful
- calm and agitated, happy and sad, introvert and extrovert - naked and
MATTIAS WAGER - ANDERS ÅSTRAND
Live at Vatnajökul
you are wondering what prompted an organist and a percussion/marimba/vibraphone
player to journey to Iceland to make a recording with improvised music
and a special arrangement of Maurice Ravel's Bolero, then
perhaps the word inspiration could be the most succinct answer.
STOCKHOLM GUITAR TRIO
Albeniz - Granados - Ravel - Peterson-Berger
The Stockholm Guitar Trio really develop the potential of the conventional
guitars possibilities from the point of view of tone and repertoire in a very
skilful and elegant manner.
The Stockholm Guitar Trio comprises three versatile and accomplished guitarists,
Anders Karlsson, Jacob Henriques and Jens Kihlén who have also transcribed all
of the music on this their debut CD.
Music for two Guitars
Duodecima consists of Lars Karlsson and Mikael Ljung.
In this recording, they play original music written for two guitars by:
Fernando Sor; Fantasie pour deux Gitares Guido Santórsola; Sonata a duo
John W. Duane; Variations on a French nursery song
and Pierre Petit; Toccata.
STOCKHOLM GUITAR QUARTET
Bach - Telemann
The second of the Stockholm Guitar Quartet's successful albums is devoted to
Baroque music and includes transciptions of:
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Telemann - Violin Concerto in G Major
Frescobaldi - La Frescobalda
and Cimarosa - Larghetto in C minor.
Peder Riis, leader of The Stockholm Guitar Quartet, is presented here in a solo
recording, using a conventional classical guitar and Georg Bolin's alto and bass
Works by: Bach; Suite No.2 in C-minor BWV 997,
Villa Lobos; Prelude No.5, Etude No.S, Mazurka-Choro, Turinai Homage a
and Weiss; Tombeau, Chaconne, Fantasie.
STOCKHOLM GUITAR QUARTET
The Guitar Quartet presents an entirely new family of
instruments, consisting of four differently tuned guitars: soprano guitar, alto
guitar, guitar, and bass guitar. In this internationally acclaimed recording
they play Baroque, Impressionist and Spanish music in their own transcriptions.
The Royal Orchestra Stockholm, conducted by Eri Klas
This unique recording of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto employs a basset clarinet
instead of a conventional clarinet.
In addition to Mozart, the recording features music by three Swedish composers:
an aria by Bernard Crusell, sung by MariAnne Häggander, Lars-Erik Larsson's "Homage
á Mozart" and a clarinet concerto by Gunnar de Frumerie.
OMNIBUS WIND ENSEMBLE
Works by: Bizet, Mozart, Nielsen, Rossini and Wagner
"The superlatives which have been applied to the Omnibus Wind Ensemble have been
piled one on top of the other. Words such as competent, professional and
masterly overflow. We are invited to beautiful, entrancing and almost seductive
tones with perfectly balanced sound.
The twelve musicians of the Omnibus Wind
Ensemble invite us to music which is both zestful and refreshing.
Opera Pearls contains exuberant and delighful overtures with beautiful and
Here we find both deep seriousness and spiritual humour." (Norra
Richard Andersson: Sonata
Johan Lindegren: Grand Sonata
Jakob Adolf Hägg: Sonata
On this recording, Stefan Lindgren performs three Swedish piano compositions
which, incomprehensibly, have been silent for decades - three absolute treasures,
testifying to the stature of Swedish piano music in the
None of them has been recorded previously, and a couple of them, probably, have
not even been performed in public for over a century.